football: West Ham secure impressive win

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Managerless Crystal Palace are still seeking their first win of the Premier League season after losing 3-1 at home to West Ham United.
Thirty-four minutes into the game, summer signing Mauro Zarate fired the Hammers into the lead with a superbly struck volley that left Palace keeper Julian Speroni with no chance.
Less than five minutes later, winger Stewart Downing cut in from the right wing and curled a sumptuous effort from 25 yards to double the Irons’ lead.
Just two minutes after the break, James Tomkins met Downing’s deep corner but the centre-back smashed his header against the bar from a couple of yards out
Immediately after Tomkins’ glorious chance, Palace pulled a goal back after striker Marouane Chamakh picked up the ball from 20 yards and drilled an effort into the bottom-right corner past a sprawling Adrian.
Palace’s tails were up, and with an equaliser looking inevitable, West Ham went to the other end and put the game beyond doubt after Carlton Cole fired a low drive past a statuesque Speroni to make it 3-1.

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